The Chinese Spring Festival is coming in one month and a half. And now it is the busy time for many people to arrange their New Year trips. For foreign people, there are several different types of destinations to visit.

Beijing Tours—this could be the top choice. Because it has most top attractions in China. The must-go attractions are: Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall- Badaling Section, and Ming Tombs. Visiting old Hutong is an essential tour part as well. Obviously, Travel to Beijing is to experience Chinese history & cultures then understand it better. Other ancient cities like Beijing are Xi’an in Shaanxi province, Pingyao in Shanxi province and Luoyang in Henan province.

Sanya Tours—if you do not want to stay at cold cities, Sanya is your first choice. Since China government and Hainan province planned to build it as an international tourism city, facilities and services there have improved so much. Located in the most south side in Hainan, Sanya is the only tropical seashore tourist city in China, rolled up sun, sea, sand, climate, forest, animal, hot springs, caves, pastoral, and customs into one. Must-experience activities are Yalong Bay diving, surfing or just swimming, Coral Reefs Nature Reserve (best place to see amazing coral reefs) and Coconut Dream Corridor (Seashore Scenic Avenue). Trips there can be exiting, relaxing and cozy.

Harbin Tours—another extreme weather province (cold with ice and snow). People in different countries or with different hobbies make different choice. It is the best place for your China winter tours. And must-see or join activities are Harbin Ice Lantern, churches, skiing in Yabuli resort and experience Russia custom in Harbin. You can also go to China Snow Town located in Mudanjiang City, Heilongjiang province as well.

While, before your Lunar New Year travels in China, you’d better know a little about the following two festivals:

Spring Festival– the first traditional holiday of the year for Chinese people. In the past, when the Chinese people used the lunar calendar, the Spring Festival was known as the “New Year.” It falls on the first day of the first lunar month, the beginning of a new year. After the Revolution of 1911, China adopted the Gregorian calendar. In order to distinguish the lunar New Year from the New Year by the Gregorian calendar, the lunar New Year was called the Spring Festival (which generally falls between the last 10 days of January and mid-February). The Eve of Spring Festival, or the lunar New Year’s Eve), is an important time for family reunions. The whole family gets together for a sumptuous dinner. Some families stay up all night, “seeing the old year out.” The next morning, people pay New Year calls on relatives and friends, wishing each other good luck. During Spring Festival, various traditional activities are enjoyed in many parts of China, notably lion dances, dragon lantern dances, land-boat rowing and stilt-walking.

The Lantern Festival– falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month, the night of the first full moon following Spring Festival. Traditionally, people eat sweet dumplings and admire lanterns during this festival. Sweet dumplings, round balls of glutinous rice flour with a sweet filling, symbolize reunion. The tradition of admiring the lanterns emerged in the 1st century and is still popular across the country.

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Jack Li

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